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Roncal

Roncal
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  • Made from unpasteurized sheep's milk

  • Country of origin: Spain

  • Region: Navarra

  • Type: hard, artisan

  • Texture: firm

  • Rind: natural

  • Colour: ivory

  • Flavour: butterscotch

  • Aroma: lanoline

  • Vegetarian: no

Roncal is a Spanish cheese made in the Roncal Valley, north Navarra in the Basque territory near the border of France.  It is the first Spanish cheese to obtain the DOP (PDO) status. It is made using raw sheep milk of Rasa and Lacha breed aged for about 6 months. 

Roncal is a wheel-shaped cheese that is covered with a hard, natural rind dotted by a velvety-smooth layer of blue-grey mould. Roncal is complex and piquant, with notes of lanolin and butterscotch. 

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